Growth, magic behavior, and electronic and vibrational properties of Cr-doped Si clusters

Hiroaki Kawamura, Vijay Kumar, Yoshiyuki Kawazoe

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Silicon clusters doped with a Cr atom have been studied using ab initio plane-wave ultrasoft pseudopotential and Gaussian methods. The most stable structures and magic clusters have been determined for SinCr (n=8-17) starting from many initial configurations. Our results show that for n=8-11 the number of Si atoms is not enough to surround a Cr atom fully and therefore the structures of these clusters are basket type in which the Cr atom has a bare part. A cage structure is formed for n=12. Cr@Si12 and Cr@Si 15 show magic behavior. Among the charged clusters, anion of Cr@Si12 and cation of Cr@Si13 have high stability. The ionization potentials and electron affinities have been calculated. The dynamical stability of clusters is studied from vibrational calculations. The results of Raman activities and infrared intensities are presented for selected clusters. These can be used to identify the structures from experiments. The bonding nature in Cr@Sin clusters is found to change depending on the structure even when the cluster size is the same.

Original languageEnglish
Article number245433
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec


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